Its heart is definitely in the right place. But there's more to comedy than funny accents. And daubing on Eastern profundities like lumpy henna won't cover the cracks.
| Original Score: 2/5
The humour has broadened as surely as the vision and human authenticity have narrowed.
| Original Score: 1/5
With no culture-clash cliché left unplundered, Andy DeEmmony sets his camera to autopilot for a film which never decides who or what it's about.
By trying to do something different with the characters, the film omits much of the good-hearted yet slightly edgy laughter we enjoyed so much the first time round.
Broad, evasive and oppressively feelgood in tone, an affair over which veils should be drawn.
Eleven years on but without a great deal more to add, DeEmmony's saga runs out of gas.
It raises and addresses that deep-seated desire engrained in of us all: the sense of belonging and need for identity, without which we fail to really understand ourselves.
| Original Score: 3/5
It may avoid politics, but something is stirring beneath the fart jokes and biracial blunders.
Ekes some gentle yuks out of culture clashes and father-son strife.
Not a perfect film but still entertaining in its own right.
Although the comedy feels as broad as the Atlantic initially, once the main characters are transplanted to Pakistan things look up as the script begins to properly probe the emotional flaws of the characters rather than just opting for cheap laughs.
West is West is full of delights: Peter Robertson's airy cinematography is casually gorgeous, the Hindi film songs on the soundtrack are delightful, and the acting consistently top-notch.
While this sequel isn't as sharply funny as 1999's East Is East, it has some nice things to say about growing up in a multi-cultural society.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It amounts to an amiable enough way to kill a couple of hours, but that's about it.
A cross-cultural sequel that's as gently comical as the first was satirical. Despite lashings of Eastern promise, it's as British as a chip butty.
West Is West is something of a lightweight. Think of all that's happened since 1999. You wouldn't have guessed it from this.
Enjoyable, emotionally engaging sequel with a witty script and terrific performances from Om Puri and newcomer Aqib Khan, though it's let down by some erratic editing decisions.
Once again, it is Puri's commanding presence that holds the film together, though as Sajid, young Aqib Khan has enough natural charm and confidence to make him an endearing scene-stealer.
Perhaps it doesn't have the novelty of the first film, but it's refreshingly un-parochial, with charm and fun, and Bassett and Puri are reliably excellent.